Archive for January, 2012

African economies exceed expectations, although risks lie ahead

17th January 2012 Uncategorized

UN reports relatively strong though divergent growth performance on the continent in 2011

Johannesburg/Addis Ababa – Africa’s economy continues its strong march towards recovery, defying the global trend, says the United Nations economic report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012 (WESP). The continent is forecast to see an increase in its overall growth from 2.7 per cent in 2011 to 5.0 per cent in 2012 and 5.1 per cent in 2013 (see table at the end of the release). This marks a pronounced recovery and a return to the solid growth trend that emerged after the peak of the 2008 global economic crisis. (more…)

The Secretary-General’s Message on the Centenary of the African National Congress

8th January 2012 Uncategorized

New York – Three years ago, I had the great honour to meet Nelson Mandela. I tried to thank him for all he had done, but he interrupted me. The thanks, he said, should go to the millions of men and women in South Africa and around the world who stood up for freedom and justice and liberated South Africa from the bonds of apartheid. (more…)